InterContinental ChicagoInterContinental Chicago
505 North Michigan Ave,
Chicago IL 60611 US

The Jewel of Chicago's Magnificent Mile InterContinental Chicago is a lot like the city itself: historic but hip, refined but relaxed, cultured but comfortable. A member of Michigan Avenue's architectural elite since 1929, our hotel is within easy reach of Chicago's incomparable museums, stores, theatres and restaurants. Navy Pier, Shedd Aquarium and Oak Street Beach are minutes away...more


local infomration

Chicago Loop Hotels
Find hotels in downtown Chicago!
Attractions in Chicago
Check out Chicago's attractions
Getting Around Chicago
Essential transportation information
A guide to local shopping
Chicago Dining
Where to eat in the local area
Customer Service
Need help with your travel plans?
Meeting Planning
Need help with planning your meeting?

Hotel Listings

InterContinental Chicago
505 North Michigan Ave,
Chicago IL 60611 US

Holiday Inn Chicago-Mart Plaza
350 West Mart Center Drive,
Chicago IL 60654 US

Hampton Inn Chicago Downtown
160 East Huron Street,
Chicago IL 60611 US

Hampton Inn - Theatre District
22 West Monroe,
Chicago, IL 60603 US

The Palmer House Hilton
17 East Monroe Street,
Chicago, IL 60603 US

...more hotels


The Chicago Loop lies south of the Chicago River, and some say it derives its name from the time when cable car strands formed a loop on pulleys in the center of the burgeoning metropolis, in what is now known as The Loop. This looping process eventually became the same process used in the operation of the famous elevated train tracks synonymous with Chicago, and created a looping transportation network that allowed the city to thrive. Others believe that the area got its name from an actual streetcar that operated in Chicago in 1882. But despite the origins of the name, The Chicago Loop is truly a unique place.

Even before it manifested a transportation network, The Loop was known as a popular and productive trading post, with retailers selling good up and down the water's edge. Starting in the 1830's, Germans began to heavily populate the area as well as open businesses, establishing strong community ties. African-Americans sought and found equality in The Loop as well, flocking to The Loop in the early part of the twentieth century. The Loop has always considered itself a place that appreciates versatility, and that is part of the reason is has become such a commercially successful place. It is also known as being a supportive place for printers looking to make their trade, as well as department store magnates. The Loop is also the seat of Chicago's government, which further promotes diversity and culture within the area. At one time, The Loop was considered the financial district of America. The range of people and business proves endless.

Furthermore, many of the buildings in The Chicago Loop are distinctive for their high-rise design. Some of the world's most famous buildings call The Loop home, and tourists from all over the world come to spend time exploring the amazing edifices. No shortage of artistic merit and innovation exists in the area, as one of a kind structures loom from the sidewalks in graceful steel arcs. In 1900, The Loop was known for having the greatest number of skyscrapers, and the root of that remains evident today. Architects came from all over the world to make their mark on The Loop, and the tradition continues. Chicago's Loop also boasts a wide array of outdoor sculptures for the public to enjoy, by world famous artists.